CDC Becomes First Federal WaterSense Partner
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) joined forces with the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a federal WaterSense partner, and in doing so, made a strong commitment to conserve water for future generations.
CDC Director Dr. Julie Gerberding and EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles signed a historic agreement June 9 during the American Water Works Association annual conference in Atlanta, Ga. During the signing ceremony, Gerberding reiterated that CDC has been a federal leader in water conservation for some time and this agreement will result in the agency taking its commitment to the next level.
"CDC is unwavering in its commitment to a green and sustainable environment and water conservation is an important component of such an environment," Gerberding said. "By signing this agreement, CDC is saying we want to lead the way for others to follow and that's what we're going to continue to do."
EPA launched the WaterSense Program in 2006 to stimulate more efficient use of water in homes and now, federal facilities. This voluntary partnership promotes water efficiency and primes market demand for water-efficient products and services that reduce stress on water systems and the environment. WaterSense takes its cue from the successful ENERGY STAR program which promotes energy-efficient products.
"Every drop counts and every agency can do more to save water and energy," said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Benjamin H. Grumbles. "EPA commends CDC for being such a strong partner of WaterSense and a national model for stewardship and sustainability."
The WaterSense Program responds to a 2003 U.S. Government Accountability Office survey underscoring the need to develop a national ethic of water efficiency. The survey reported that 36 states anticipate local, regional, or statewide water shortages by 2013, even without drought conditions. Managing the nation’s water supply is a rising concern for communities across the country.
As an official WaterSense promotional partner, CDC joins a team of 270 state and local government agencies, utilities, and nonprofit organizations across the country that are promoting the concept of water efficiency, water saving practices, and WaterSense-labeled products. WaterSense-labeled products, including high-efficiency toilets and faucets, are at least 20 percent more efficient than their counterparts. WaterSense also is labeling certification programs for irrigation professionals, helping to encourage water efficiency in the landscaping business.
EPA invites other organizations that share a commitment to water efficiency to become WaterSense partners. Partnership is open to companies that manufacture, sell, or distribute household plumbing fixtures, as well as water utilities; trade associations; state, local, and federal government agencies; and non-governmental organizations.